QASymphony has released qMap, a visual mapping solution for agile testers of cloud, mobile, big data and IoT apps. InfoQ did an interview with Kyle Cochran about why qMap was developed, how testers can use qMap to get insight into their testing results and manage testing and can use information from qMap improve the quality of their product, and how QMap can be deployed within agile and DevOps.
A database query times out and you don’t know why. The estimated query plan is revealing the problem, so you remove the timeout entirely. An hour later it is still running and you are no closer to getting the actual execution plan. If only there was a way to find out what is actually happening inside the server. With Live Query Statistics in SQL Server 2016 you can now answer that question.
Tomas Rybing shared the concept of the customized kanban board named ‘Arrow’. The Arrow is based on the priority pyramids approach. Arrow is a visualization of the backlog combined with the kanban board that visualizes the work process.
At the recent devopsdays Amsterdam 2015, Patrick Roelke contended that monitoring still has lots of issues. Roelke believes that data science can help by eliminating static thresholds and coalescing information from various data sources into a single metric. The talk included a quick overview of monitoring tools that leverage data science: Kale, Bosun and AnomalyDetection.
David Mytton, CEO at Server Density, shared with the devopsdays Amsterdam 2015 crowd how they handle incidents and outages. The process is grounded on a key set of principles: frequent public updates; exhaustive logging of the response activities; team effort and effective escalation. Server Density draws a lot of inspiration from the aviation industry, renowned for its safety procedures.
At GlueCon 2015, Adrian Cockcroft presented a list of rules for monitoring microservice and container-based applications. In addition to these guidelines, Cockcroft also highlighted a series of challenges for monitoring cloud-native container-based systems, and introduced his ‘Spigo/simianviz’ microservice simulation and visualisation tool.
New Relic has released a set of new features to its Software Analytics Platform. Service Maps is a real time visual map focused on services. Together with a tool for Docker monitoring, a database dashboard for NoSQL databases and an unified alerts platform, the company wants to reduce complexity in modern software architecture.
Weaveworks, creators of the Weave Docker virtual networking solution, have released a pre-alpha version of 'Weave Scope', an open source developer-focused container monitoring tool. Scope automatically generates a map of containers, enabling developers to visualise, monitor, and control applications by using the information exposed to drive deployment and operational decisions.
At QCon London 2015 Phil Calcado shared lessons learnt from SoundCloud’s move from a monolithic to microservices architecture, and stated that the core requirements for building a microservice platform include developing capabilities for rapid provisioning, basic monitoring and rapid application deployment.
Matt Rogish talked about using Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) for company, team, and personal goal setting at the No Pants Festival 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium. InfoQ interviewed Rogish about what OKRs are and how you can use them, their strengths and pitfalls, doing annual performance reviews and managing people with numerical goals, and starting with OKRs.
Like most languages that rely on a mark-and-sweep garbage collector, C# can run into performance problems when allocating memory too often or when making large allocations. Ben Watson, a Senior SDE at Microsoft working on Bing, ran into just that problem with the MemoryStream class.
Google Cloud Monitoring is now available for free whilst in beta to all Google Cloud Platform customers. The service provides dashboards and alerts for cloud-powered applications, giving developers and operations staff insight and metrics to their services.
jClarity is a relative newcomer on the Java Application Performance Monitoring scene, focusing on tools that deliver a diagnosis and a remedy rather than simply providing metrics that require skilled interpretation. InfoQ spoke to jClarity CEO Martijn Verburg about their new Illuminate Gold release
Are you trying to make performance comparisons between cloud providers? Google, along with a diverse set of collaborators, has released an open-source performance benchmarking framework that tests common workloads across clouds. InfoQ reached out to Google to learn more about this somewhat unusual partnership, and how the industry will benefit from it.
James Turnbull, VP of engineering at Kickstarter and author of The Docker Book, presented at both FOSDEM and Config Management Camp about monitoring, sharing his views on modern, scalable, business oriented monitoring, provided as a service with self service APIs, and integrated in the project development.